22 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This hotel is great, went there early in 2012. the staff are so friendly and helpful, nothing seems to much trouble for them. The rooms are lovely light and airy and so clean you could eat your dinner off the floor [if you wanted to!]. The view from our room was lovely, it was nice to watch the sun drop down behind the mountains in the evening. The food was fantastic and the choice seemed endless. The grounds and beach were all beautifully kept. There was a little coffee shop in the hotel and it was a treat to pop in there each day to try some of there vast range of cakes. We went there for a relaxing holiday and that was what we got, but I did notice that the hotel put on plenty of activites. I can honestly say that there wasn't one thing about this hotel that I disliked, so much so we are going there again on the 16th april this year and can't wait to get there and relax. I highly recommend this hotel it really is one of the Best!"
- Travel date: Thu 11th of April 2013
Practically Perfectly in everyway
"The only hotel i would ever consider going back to. A la carte everynight if you so wish but the main restaurant was excellent so much choice and variation the kids loved it we stayed near the quiet pool but no trouble for sun loungers so we moved from pool to pool to the beach. Kids club good but the slides kept the kids entertained all day. No real kids entertainment after 9.30 but the nightclub is ther for a bit of a dance. Only complaint was the evening meals were 7,30 to 9.30 so we missed the kids entertainmemnt most nights.
We paid over Â£3,000 for a week two adults and two children but it was worth it"
- Travel date: Tue 12th of July 2011
we could not fault anything at this hote...
"we could not fault anything at this hotel, we booked a deluxe room which well worth the extra money as it was bigger than the standard with a full sea view and large balcony, the food is excellent, you are served international drinks in all the bars, the service is of a very high standard, we have stayed at a few hotels in this part of turkey and this is by far the best! we have already booked to go back again next year(which we never do) in a junior suite and can not wait, if you book to go to this hotel you will not be disappointed."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of August 2008
if more people had been to this hotel it...
"if more people had been to this hotel it would be number 1 on every review site this is the best hotel i have ever stayed in for everything there is not a thing i can say wrong about the place if you go you will not be dissapointed the food drinks staff and rooms are first class so is the beach and spa try the alacarte restaraunts for top class food "
- Travel date: Mon 26th of May 2008
Fantastic holiday, we couldnât ask for...
"Fantastic holiday, we couldnât ask for anything better. We are looking forward to going again. Everything was A* and we tried every facility going including the spa which was out of this world and my husband used all the water sports, which were also fantastic.
We took our 3 children with us, one of which was a baby at the time and they loved it. Thereâs plenty of activities to keep them amused and the apartment which we stayed in was plenty big enough for us all. The apartment was amazing, with all the facilities for us all.
The restaurants were lovely with a wide variety of foods, which was great when you are feeding 3 children and 1 vegetarian; we were never hungry! We would recommend to everybody as thereâs plenty to do young or old.
- Travel date: Wed 9th of January 2008
We went as a party of ten, children aged...
"We went as a party of ten, children aged between 6-17 and I can honestly say there is something for everyone.
We've never done all-inclusive before and I was worried about the lack of freedom, however it turned out to be a holiday paradise relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, beautiful surroundings and good food.
There is nothing outside this complex so everyone seems to mix in and get involved in the activities. We went on a trip that involved a waterfall visit to the bazaar (market) and a boat trip.
I would not recommend it, it was a waste of money and we only got to stop at the market for 1 hour so if your wanting to look for bargains make your own arrangements use taxi or bus then you can stay as long as you like.
We have just booked again for next year and we raved about it that much to family and friends there is now 29 of us going."
- Travel date: Sun 30th of December 2007
Lovely resort. Great accommodation with...
"Lovely resort. Great accommodation with very spacious 2 bedrooms in the apartments. Very clean. Pool area very spacious plenty of room not packed in like sardines.
Staff very helpful and management always looking to help and improve and also take on any suggestions. Activities were quiet good could be better for teenagers.
Food is of a good standard and is ample. Had a great holiday and the kids would love to go back."
- Travel date: Tue 25th of September 2007
Wow what a hotel, I have just returned f...
"Wow what a hotel, I have just returned from the hotel after a 7 night stay and I was amazed by the hotel standards. After many year of going on holidays for 2 weeks flat out I decided to separate my 2 weeks in to 2 one weekâs holidays but this hotel was different to any other hotels I have stayed in, I wish I had booked for 2 weeks.
The food was great. There is plenty of choice for people of all ages and tastes, my wife is a veggie and she said there was still loads of choice. The main restaurant was never very busy and there were never ques which I have experienced on other AI holidays.
There are other places to eat other than the main one, one of the restaurants come to your table and actually cook the food in front of you, which I think is the BBQ one. The desert was ok, but werenât fantastic because most of them were dry and Turkish cakes (if thatâs what you want to call them)
Room: Well the room was fantastic. When I arrived at the hotel I though that I was going to be in the main building but the person at reception informed us that we had been upgraded free of charge. So they took us and out bags off to out room which seemed miles away from reception which made me think I had been put with people who were on self catering.
However once I had woken up the next day I realised that I had been upgraded and the apartments had there own swimming pool, snack bar and wasnât that far from reception. And the double beds were 6 foot.
Swimming pool: Was never really busy while I was there. This is the first hotel which I have been to where you donât have to wake up at 6am and put your towels out. On some days there were 4 beds in a row which were still empty at 1pm.
Entertainment: Was also fantastic, the entertainment team put on a different show on every night with a different theme which was good, there was always a mini disco for the kids to enjoy before the main show started.
Shopping: The area is up and coming but you can walk to a new shopping centre which is 20 mins away and has very famous shops i.e. Armani, D & G etc which are all real and proper. There is a new shopping centre which is being built and should be completed within the next few months (according to the rep), you are also near to Antalya which has loads of little shops selling leather, and if you go ask for the old town because its where the small shops are with the fake designer clothes are is isnât where the Turkish shops which sell rubbish and lead on to the back streets of Turkey where you can get lost (which is what I did)
The hotel is only 20 mins (if that) from the airport and only cost Â£20 each way so its worth getting a taxi instead of paying Â£20 each way per person on the coach
The hotel is spread out over a very large area so I do not recommend this hotel to disabled people.
- Travel date: Thu 26th of July 2007
I and my daughter have just returned fro...
"I and my daughter have just returned from a weekâs stay at the Barut Lara Beach hotel.
We arrived around 10pm, check-in was easy we were shown where our room was, then the bell boy brought our cases to the room. Our room was very spacious, being on the 5th floor we had a lovely view across the pools and out to the beach. the room also had a DVD player, cd player, slippers and dressing gowns - you can't get any better 5* than that!!
There are around 5 restaurants you could choose to eat in, we mainly ate in the main restaurant inside the hotel, and the food was of very high standard, plenty of choice and always piping hot. We did a couple of times at lunch time go and eat at one of the restaurants outside, there they did burgers, chips, lasagne, salads etc, you sat down at your table and the waiters would bring your drinks and food to the table, the food was hot and was of good size portions.
The pool areas were spotless, you could always find a sunbed, we sat mainly round the big pools, but if you have children then there are another 2 pools you can sit around, these were next to the kidâs areas and aqua park.
The beach was again very spotless, it was never crowded so if you enjoy the quiet life, then the beach is for you!! You can take a stroll down to the beach, this is nice as you get to see the hotel grounds, if on the other hand you are a bit lazy like myself!, you can catch a buggy cart, this is an experience in itself the driver was like a boy racer, but would get you to the beach in record time.
There was around 20 animation staff that were there to keep you entertained day and night, we spoke to a few of them and they all spoke good English and were very nice. There were some though that didnât even smile at you, that to me is rude as you should as an entertainer, make sure you say hello to all the guests.
I and my daughter did enjoy playing darts, this was mainly due to Mustafa(musti), who had you in fits of laughter, and he was a lovely lad and the nicest person we met at the hotel.
The entertainment at night was first class, the best we have seen. The animation team did 2 shows themselves, and the rest of the shows they brought people in. The shows included Turkish night, comedy night, Chinese acrobats which was fab, Latin dancing and a beach party with samba dancing and fireworks that was a show you must see!!
There was also a cinema, disco and live music that would keep you entertained till the early hours.
All in all we had a relaxing holiday, this is by far the best 5* hotel we have stayed in, and will definitely consider returning in the near future."
- Travel date: Tue 17th of July 2007
We went to this hotel in end of May begi...
"We went to this hotel in end of May beginning of June, after booking we were told by a friend that they had gone here the year before and booked to go back this year. So that seemed good.
This hotel was fantastic, plenty of choices of food, everything you could possibly think of was available, rooms fantastic, DVD player, CD player, TV, all in the room, entertainment great, all day activities and evening show, the animation team were fantastic, really entertained everyone, all different shows capable for all ages.
7 swimming pools, one that the kids would love with slides, 2 hours in the morning and 3 afternoon, own private beach with a lovely pier to sunbathe on, and on this a choice of bean bags to relax.
Could possibly not fault one thing in this place, it also has its own internet cafe, free of charge. Spa, hairdressers, pool room and loads more.
We are going back in August next year with the kids even though they will be 12 and 14 by then there is more that enough to keep them entertained, kids club from 2 to 18, but what 18 year old would be classed as a kid, entertainment galore for all ages.
Over all fantastic I would recommend it to everyone of all ages, people lovely, polite and will do whatever it takes to make your holiday great.
- Travel date: Sun 17th of June 2007
"I stayed at this hotel in November 2006; although I am the UK I am currently living in Istanbul. I travel worldwide and I have to say this hotel is one of the best I have ever stayed in. Immaculate, best-trained hotel staff I have encountered, nice grounds, perfects pools and great beach. I am not easily pleased I like perfection; during my stay (3 nights) I could not find one single fault with this hotel. Food was good and plentiful and the Scandinavian design and quality of finish was refreshing. I stayed in a double deluxe room, with perfect sea view. Every hotel company should send their management to this hotel for a visit to see how a hotel should be run. The place was so friendly; I will go back again soon."
- Travel date: Thu 30th of November 2006
Second time around
"As previously reviewed by myself rover8006. We visited the hotel again in October 2006. Sometimes the second time around is never as good as the first. This is NOT true of this hotel. The facilities were just as good, as was the food. The staff were still as ammenable as our visit in april. The relaxed atmosphere is a credit to the hotel and staff. I was informed by a lovely girll Dilay at guest relations that the hotel was full but you would not be able to tell. We were all treated so well and i find it hard to think of any down sides at all. Give it a try. Definately 5 star. Photos already submitted from April 06."
- Travel date: Tue 31st of October 2006